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‘Dark nights of the soul’—illumined

From the January 2012 issue of The Christian Science Journal

A number of years ago a friend, someone I considered to be a spiritual light and inspiration, lost his faith. He’s still the wonderful, wry individual he has always been. But the journey has ceased to be a spiritual one; it has become an outright rejection of spirituality.

Though we were not close friends, I felt a kinship with him. So when his journey took a completely different direction and one of his online posts mentioned the loss of friendships held dear, I felt this loss too, and yearned to reach out. But I didn’t know how to bridge the space between. 

I struggled with this friend’s choice for a number of reasons. After all that had been shared, learned, witnessed, healed, how could there be a turning away? What did his choice mean for my own faith? 

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